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  • TPA Sends Letter to Senators Urging Restoration of Leadership to the USPS Board of Governors

    Michi Iljazi on May 24, 2017

    The following letter was sent to Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) on May 24, 2017.

    Dear Senator McCaskill and Senator Johnson,

    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is one of our nation’s oldest and largest government entities. For decades, consumers have relied upon the stability and function of the USPS to aid them in their everyday lives. However, over the last several years this has changed and the USPS has deteriorated through its escalating financial losses, failing performance standards, and lack of leadership within the Board of Governors. As a national taxpayer advocate representing hundreds of thousands of taxpayers, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) write this letter to urge you to continue to help advance solutions, beginning with an urgent need to restore leadership to the Board of Governors to aid in the proper functioning of the U.S. Postal Service.

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  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance Releases Statement on U.S. Postal Service’s Mid-Year Financial Report

    Michi Iljazi on May 10, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) expressed dismay about the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) continuing escalating debts.  In today’s release, the USPS posted a loss of $562 million in its second quarter financial report for the 2017 fiscal year.  This loss is a stark reminder about the agency’s inability to achieve fiscal stability. After posting losses during the December holiday delivery season, the USPS appears on track for its 11th consecutive fiscal year in the red. The USPS has failed to pay its retiree health benefits payments despite its legal obligation to do so.  Even though they have failed to pay this obligation, they have included this unpaid figure as a part of its quarterly losses.  After amassing these debts, and many others as a result of bad management practices, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has calculated that the Postal Service now carries more than $121 billion in unfunded liabilities on its books.


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  • Postal Reform Act Is Not A Conservative Solution

    Holly Sadler, American Commitment on March 30, 2017

    Last week, despite opposition from numerous free-market and conservative groups, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted to pass the Postal Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756) out of committee. This is a committee with eight conservative Freedom Caucus members on it, yet this is not a conservative bill. We’ve written before about why H.R. 756 is not a conservative solution and does not provide the necessary reforms to fix the USPS’s numerous problems. Our concerns remain the same. Before this legislation comes to a vote on the House floor, we would urge representatives - particularly Freedom Caucus Chairman Meadows and his fellow committee members - to think carefully.  Postal reform sounds great – sure. But this bill does little to address the underlying causes of the postal service’s problems and, in many cases, will make matters worse.


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  • TPA Submits Comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission on the Statutory Review of Rate Regulation

    on March 20, 2017

    Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance submitted the following comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) associated with the Commission’s statutory review of the system for regulating rates and classes for market dominant products ten years after the enactment of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA).

    Pursuant to Commission Order No. 3673, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) hereby submits the following comments associated with the Commission’s statutory review of the system for regulating rates and classes for market dominant products ten years after the enactment of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA). In light of the Commission’s charge to review the efficacy of the PAEA and the ability of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to meet identified objectives used to guide its operations, TPA seeks to emphasize numerous facets where the agency has continued to display greatly unsatisfactory performance. Based on the inability to meet the objectives described below, our organization compels the Commission to propose impactful and enduring systemic modifications.  


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  • TPA Submits Comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission on the 2016 Annual Compliance Report

    Michi Iljazi on February 13, 2017

    Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance submitted the following comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) in response to the 2016 Annual Compliance Report:

    The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) requests to submit the following reply comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission upon considering the materials submitted by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) (notably, the Annual Compliance Report for Fiscal Year 2016), and comments initially submitted by other organizations. Primarily, TPA seeks to reemphasize concerns highlighted in the comments submitted by the Association for Postal Commerce (PostCom). Several of the issues raised about suitable business practices by PostCom and also in comments previously shared by TPA for the compliance review docket in 2015 and 2014, have been long-standing and the Commission should more closely scrutinize such matters and take action to resolve them.

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  • ATR Leads Coalition Urging Opposition to Latest "Postal Reform" Bill

    Michi Iljazi on February 09, 2017

    This week, the more than 20 groups signed a coalition letter authored by Americans for Tax Reform opposing H.R. 756, the “Postal Service Reform Act of 2017” introduced by House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), and the Committee’s Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). The bill does nothing to address the real financial and structural management problems that the United States Posal Service (USPS) faces, and instead doubles down on the ineffective and costly way that the Postal Service has driven their agency in for some time.


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Media

Hill Briefing on Postal Reform

TPA hosted a hill briefing on Postal Reform, featuring Justin Sykes with Americans for Tax Reform; David Williams with the Taxpayers Protection Alliance; Kevin Kosar with the R Street Institute; Steve Pociask with the American Consumer Institute; and George Landrith with Frontiers of Freedom.

Hill Briefing on Postal Reform

TPA's Postal Reform Podcast E3: House Unveils USPS "Reform" Legislation

In our latest Postal Reform podcast, TPA President David Williams discusses new legislation introduced in the House aimed at "reforming" the troubled USPS. We also touch on not just TPA's concerns, but the concerns of our coalition partners as well.

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TPA's Postal Reform Podcast E2: New Postal Employee Survey & Senate Hearing on Opioids/USPS

In our second Postal Reform podcast, TPA President David Williams discusses a new survey done by the USPS looking at employee morale... and the results are troubling. Also, a brief update on a recent Senate hearing focused on drug trafficking via the USPS.

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TPA's Michi Iljazi on Comcast Newsmakers Talking Postal Service Reform

Watch TPA's Michi Iljazi talk with Comcast Newsmakers about how to reform the United States Postal Service.

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TPA's Postal Reform Podcast E1: Introducing the new website!

Listen to TPA President David Williams discuss the new USPS Reform partner website (www.postalreformforus.org) and why reforming the post office is critical!

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TPA President David Williams joins 'Capital Insider' to talk U.S. Postal Service reforms!

Watch TPA President David Williams as he joins WJLA's 'Capital Insider' to discuss much needed and long overdue reforms that the U.S. Postal Service should move on in the coming year.

TPA President David Williams joins Capital Insider to talk U.S. Postal Service reforms!

US Postal Service Holiday Video!

Taxpayers Protection Alliance wants the USPS to remain focused on their stated mission of ensuring mail is delivered and to stay away from new initiatives that infringe on the free market and will cost taxpayers!